Dr Eric Harper
Co-Convenor of the MA Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy.
- PHD. Thesis on violence and homelessness: Freud, Fanon and Foucault. Faculty of Women and Gender Sciences, University of Western Cape 2012
- Reflective Practice in Organizations: Institute of Group Analysis. Diploma. 2019
- Senior Leadership and Management. Meridian (Common Purpose). Certificate 2009
- Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies. Middlesex University 1996
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Centre for Freudian Analysis & Research. 1995
- Supervision: An Integrative Approach. Metanoia Therapy training institute. London. UK. Grade: Distinction. Certificate. 1992
- B. Soc. Sc. (Social Work - Case, Group and Community, Development work). University of Cape Town 1991
- B. Soc. Sc. Clinical Psychology – Honors. Rhodes University 1984
- B. Soc. Sc. Psychology and Anthropology. Rhodes University 1983
Teaching and Supervision
Co-convenor of the MA Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Module Convenor of Reflective Practitioner
- Module Convenor Psychodynamic Theories
- Lecture in Advanced Theory
- Lecture in Applied Psychoanalysis
- Clinical Case Management
- Supervise MA Dissertations
- Co Supervise PhDs. Research
- Facilitation of Experientials (Reflective Practice)
I am committed to working and understanding the experience of marginalised individuals, groups and communities who find it difficult to knock at our doors and ask for help due to being frightened off by the way in which psychoanalysis is conducted.
What are the edges of psychoanalysis (Schizo-analysis, Intersectionality, Eco-Therapy, Activism, Moveable Frames, Dreams).
What are contemporary symptom and how do we work with addiction, so-called psychosis, and questions of white privilege, racism, and class barriers?
Who are the marginalised voices in psychoanalysis – Fanon, Deleuze, Guattari, Hillman and Maria Langer and other South American Marxist psychoanalysis?
How do we re-thinking classic analytic texts, such as Mourning and Melancholia through other frameworks (like Afro pessimism, Queer and Post-Colonial Theories and feminism ), for example, Christina Sharpe’s In The Wake?
Placing Bion's work alongside Deleuze, Guattari and Fanon.
Further profile content
2017: The Production of an Anxiety Dream Space Machine. Harper, E and Mwaniki, C in Schizoanalysis and Ecosophy. Edited by Constantin Bounds Bloomsbury
2014: Multiple Dreams. From Hillman to Deleuze. Harper, E and Mwanik, C
2013: Human rights abuses and collective resilience among sex workers in four African countries: a qualitative study Scorgie, F, Vasey, F, Harper, E, et la
2003: Torture a presence without Absence. Harper, E. The Symptom Online Journal for Lacan.com. Issue 4
1999: Psychoanalysis on the Streets. Harper, E. Publication by Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa. Vol. 7 No 1
Established a therapy service for the homeless and oversee the implantation of reflective practice within SHP. 2018-2020
Initiated and established a Sex Worker lead African sex worker alliance in 9 countries and expanded community partnership work in 5 provinces in SA. Included the first-time sex workers marched demanding health and human rights –in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and SA. 2007-2011
Oversaw a research project that looked at the vulnerable young people at risk of sexual exploitation and involved in survival sex in Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, and Mozambique. It was presented at ICASA in the form of a drama by the young people who were trained to collect the data. 2011.
Oversaw a project offering one to one and group therapy and community outreach work to ex-political prisoners and refugees in SA. Involved bridging activities, political lobbying, a story telling group and creation of a monthly newsletter. The work was an integration of applied psychoanalysis and African psychology. Supported services users to establish their own organization and make a documentary of their experience. Also assisted with crisis intervention for people affected by violence, for example bomb blasts, hijackings, etc. 1998 to 2001
Facilitate outreach project-providing therapy on the streets to the homeless in London. 1994- 1998
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups
Centre for Institutional Analysis
The Freudian Space Ship. Breath, Body, Earth. Eric Harper and Matt Lee.
In the first part of this project we look at overlapping moments in which the wretched of the earth and wretched earth cannot breath.
Sex Worker Rights
TV and Radio interviews in South whilst director of SWEAT
Conferences and talks
I cannot Breathe. Eric Harper, Matt Lee, Tammy Shefer, Sunny Tsai
White Privilege, Racism and Psychoanalysis. Goldsmiths and Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis Conference
Swimming Oceanic Bodies. Eric Harper, Tammy Shefer, Sunny Tsai
Deleuze and Guattari studies conference
Rooting in Sea: Pre-individual Bodies of Thought in Deleuze, Guattari, Fanon and Glissant
Paper by Eric Harper, Matt Lee, and Sunny Tsai for PEDAGOGIES IN THE WILD Conference.
The Reverse Side: Guattari, Deleuze, and Institutional Thought Conference.
Analyzing the Collective Equipment involved in supporting people with complex needs. Faramelli and Harper
Schizoanalysis, Now! Modalities, mutations, and values
Ecology and Psychoanalysis. Eric Harper and Matt Lee
Post-Psychoanalysis, Political, and Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Psychoanalysis and its Institutions - Site of Contemporary
Austerity and Addiction (AA). Eric Harper
London Conference in Critical Thought
Fanon and Laing. Eric Harper and Andie Newman
London Conference in Critical Thought
The history of intuitional psychotherapy in France – discussion with Valentine Schaepelynck.
A2Z Guattari Conference
Framed by conflict – Laing, Lacan and Deleuze. Eric Harper and Andie Newman
Conflict in Psychoanalysis. Site of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Conference
The Production of an Anxiety Dream machine. Eric Harper and Njoki Mwaniki
Deleuze and Guattari Refrains of Freedom Conference
Foucault: Home and Homelessness. Eric Harper and Njoki Mwaniki
Critical Spaces Conference. Kingston University
Dream and Dream Space. Eric Harper and Njoki Mwaniki
7th International Deleuze Studies Conference: ‘Models, Machines and Memories
The therapist’s relationship to the unknown: Panel discussion with Dr Paul Ashton, Dr Steven Bloch and Dr Eric Harper
South African Jungian Institute
Male Sex Work in Africa ICASA. Eric Harper
Community engagement with hard-to-reach clients. Eric Harper
UNFPA – SAHARA Research Conference - Contribution to the Policy Dialogue and Community Engagement Johannesburg
African Sex Worker Conference. Johannesburg
What if Fanon read Biko? Eric Harper
International Conference on Steven Biko, Cape Town
Working with homeless people with multiple needs. Eric Harper
National Homeless-Link conference, Nottingham
Working with diversity through partnerships. Eric Harper
Camden Council and New Roots Conference on Dependency Issues facing Black and Ethnic minorities, Camden
On working with women exposed to both torture and domestic violence. Eric Harper
Third Wave Feminism International Conference, Exeter
Community approach with asylum seekers. Amber Gray and Eric Harper
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans
Bridging activities in working with torture survivors. Eric Harper
Making a Difference Conference, Physicians concerned about human rights, Stanford University
Tortured Bodies. Eric Harper
Who Owns The Body? International Conference organized by Berkeley University
Witnessing the silent cry of the body. Eric Harper
The viii International Symposium on Torture, Deli
Community Work with political prisoners. Eric Harper
The 5th International Conference for Health and Human Rights, Cape Town.
Applied psychoanalysis with the street homeless. Eric Harper
The Centre for Freudian Analysis symposium
Psychosis: a case study. Eric Harper
The Centre for Freudian Analysis symposium on psychosis.
Working with so-called disturbed children. Anne Barnds and Eric Harper
The National Child Care Association, Annual Conference, Cape Town
Grants and awards
Facilitate outreach project-providing therapy on the streets to the homeless in London which work won the Sainsbury award.
Therapy to street homeless.
Best Play Leader and Hard Worker Award.
Recreation Play Program with children involved in gang activity and violence through the creation of recreation programs in impoverished ghetto areas
1990 to 1992
● Community development, community mobilization, advocacy, and the production of a monthly newsletter for African National Congress (ANC).
● Member of the Communist Party
HIV human rights activism
Act-Up, Cape Town
1990 to 1991
National Child Care Association and NICRO – Trainer
● Facilitated a skills training course on child sexual abuse for the and ran safer sex workshops for street kids in Cape Town. Date.
1983: Student: My first exercise of working with the homeless. Pitched a tent outside my student accommodation for two street children and got one into school